This little witch sends her Halloween greetings

She doesn’t seem very scary, and even the black cat looks like a softie. And wishing jolly good fortune?


This early 20th century postcard doesn’t reflect the ghosts-and-goblins Halloween sensibility we’re used to today. No tricks, no treats, no costume, no spells.

But the church steeples make me think this little witch is flying her broom over Brooklyn’s starry skies (the city of churches, you know), making this an appropriate image for anyone ready to enjoy an urban Halloween.

[NYPL Digital Collection]

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3 Responses to “This little witch sends her Halloween greetings”

  1. carolegill Says:

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  2. ascholarlyskater Says:

    It’s interesting how early 20th-century Halloween images were so sweet and polite like that, isn’t it? I’ve been reading up in the phenomenon for an article I’m writing.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, and the NYTimes ran something the other day about Halloween in earlier times as a celebration of love and romance, not tricks and treats!

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